Instructor Bios

Julie D. Cotton
Director
Costa Leadership Institute
Northwest Florida State College

Julie Cotton Julie Cotton has 16 years of marketing, public relations, and project management experience as well as being an active volunteer in the community. She serves as the Director of the Northwest Florida State College Costa Leadership Institute. Ms. Cotton's primary responsibilities are to coordinate professional development training for the College's professional education department and participate in community outreach programs that enhance the College's mission.

Prior to joining Northwest Florida State College, Ms. Cotton was the Vice President of Marketing for developer, Legendary, Inc. in Destin. She was responsible for advertising, public relations, community relations and special projects for the Legendary companies including Emerald Grande Resort, Regatta Bay Golf & Country Club and Legendary Marina. Ms. Cotton was named an Emerging Leader in 2005 by Emerald Coast Magazine and in 2006 was named an Emerald Lady by Emerald Ladies Journal. She was also awarded Member of the Year by the Junior League of the Emerald Coast in 2007. Her community activities include past president of the Junior League of the Emerald Coast; board of directors member for the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce, YMCA Emerald Coast and Kiwanis Club of Destin, volunteer for the American Heart Association; marketing chair for the Destin Harbor Association; and a graduate of Leadership Okaloosa. She currently serves on the Board for the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce and on the marketing committee for the United Way; and is a member of the Walton County Area Chamber of Commerce; Delta Kappa Gamma Educators Society; American Management Association; American Society for Training & Development; Junior League of the Emerald Coast and Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Ms. Cotton is an adjunct professor for the Northwest Florida State College Bachelor's of Applied Science program. Ms. Cotton received a Bachelor of Arts, Public Relations from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama and received a Master's of Science degree in Management from Troy University.

TRAINING TOPICS INCLUDE:
Business Etiquette / Customer Service Training / Public Relations / Media Relations / Public Speaking / Personality Profiles